Packed with Public Enemy classics and somehow even louder and rougher than its predecessor, Fear Of A Black Planet, released on April 10, 1990, pulls no punches. As ever, the group were not only concerned with the present and the future of black people, they were steeped in black history and culture. That can be seen on the most superficial level: their samples are a lesson in hard funk and their song titles show PE know music: “Brothers Gonna Work It Out,” a title drawn from a 1973 Willie Hutch classic; “Fight The Power,” from an Isley Brothers song; “Power To The People,” perhaps partially inspired by Joe Savage’s “All Power To The People” (a song probably released in aid of the Black Panthers, in 1968), or Joe Henderson’s 1969 album of the same title.

 

Here is a group at the peak of its powers, knowing what it says is going to be heard and fighting to deliver it in the most uncompromising way possible in the face of criticism, fury, incredulity, and misunderstanding, as heard on the radio clips that appear on “Incident At 66.6 FM.” If their intention, at the least, was to make listeners think, they succeeded.

Public Enemy - Fear Of A Black Planet

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  • A-90

    1. Contract On The World Love Jam (Instrumental)
    2. Brothers Gonna Work It Out
    3. 911 Is A Joke
    4. Incident At 66.6 FM (Instrumental)
    5. Welcome To The Terrordome
    6. Meet The G That Killed Me
    7. Pollywanacraka
    8. Anti-Nigger Machine
    9. Burn Hollywood Burn
    10. Power To The People

     

    B-91

    1. Who Stole The Soul?
    2. Fear Of A Black Planet
    3. Revolutionary Generation
    4. Can't Do Nuttin' For Ya Man
    5. Reggie Jax
    6. Leave This Off Your Fu*kin' Charts (Instrumental)
    7. B Side Wins Again
    8. War At 33 1/3
    9. Final Count Of The Collision Between Us And The Damned (Instrumental)
    10. Fight The Power